Gurmesh Singh MP

COFFS COAST SHARES IN $400M FLOOD RECOVERY PACKAGE

Coffs Coast communities will get targeted flood recovery funding under a $200 million package of eight key sector programs, as well as a share in $200 million to support rebuilding damaged infrastructure to disaster-resilient standards.

“This commitment to the ongoing needs of flood-affected communities is welcomed and will allow industries to build back after the setbacks of compounded disasters,” said Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh.

“It will protect jobs, secure important infrastructure and ensure the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

Coffs Harbour City Council will share in $4.4 million for localised recovery initiatives coordinated by the services of a community recovery officer as one of 10 highly impacted local government areas.

Also, Coffs Harbour City Council will share in $1 million to support the work of volunteer camps being established to restore rural fencing in flood-affected communities.

“These camps, many of them set up following the 2019-20 bushfires, are calling for volunteers and are being re-established to help farming families affected by the floods of this year.”

More than 70 LGAs were affected by storms and floods earlier this year, with 9700 people seeking direct support and assistance from local Recovery Centres and more than 34,000 seeking advice and assistance from Service NSW’s Disaster Customer Care Centre since March.

The first two phases of recovery have already delivered significant funding supporting clean-up and providing dedicated grants for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profits.

“This new package of funds recognises the ongoing need to help industries bounce back, keep on staff, rebuild the infrastructure of our towns and safeguard the resilience of our local economies and people,” Mr Singh said.

The new recovery package includes more than $25 million to provide grants for rural landholders who do not qualify for the existing supports, as well as funding for environmental recovery initiatives, including riverbank restoration.

Mr Singh said he looks forward to seeing the program of industry and infrastructure funding packages roll out across the community over the coming weeks.

The funding has been made available under shared NSW and Commonwealth Government disaster funding arrangements.

People requiring ongoing flood assistance, support and referral are urged to contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online via www.service.nsw.gov.au/floods

Information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au